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president obama days after. it was unjustified. to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an troubled today. clearly the impression that was given, of the information given to the american people was wrong. >> significantly troubled. more disturbed. their harsh words were somewhat surprising but listening to mccain you could get dizzy because just two days ago he said he would welcome a meeting with obama rice and seemed ready to mend fences. >> is there anything ambassador rice can do to change your mind about it? >> sure. she can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions they took and i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> senator mccain promised he'd give ambassador rice the chance to explain how her initial comments on the attack were based on talking points provided by the intelligence community. but apparently they still don't like her answer. here's what ambassador rice had to say about what actually happened today. she said, quote, we explained that the talking p
, just say you don't know what happened. >> reporter: rice needs the senate support if president obama chooses her to be the next secretary of state. ambassador rice met with lawmakers in a secure room behind this group of cameras here on capitol hill to discuss classified information. an aide to senator john mccain says she requested the meeting. afterwards, rice issued a statement saying the talking points the intelligence community gave her were incorrect and that at no time did she or anyone in the obama administration intend to mislead the american people. the white house worked to reinforce that tuesday. >> ambassador rice has no responsibility for collecting, analyzing and providing intelligence. >> reporter: acting cia director michael morrell joined rice's capitol hill meeting to help her field questions. danielle nottingham cbs 5. >>> president obama is making a public case this week for his approach to avert the "fiscal cliff." he is meeting today and tomorrow with small business owners and middle class families and he will visit a small business in pennsylvania on friday. n
of people who want that job. president obama nominate secretary rice is he sending a message to the republic party blank you guys, i don't care what you think. >> i'm not sure that he thinks that. he also thinks that he just won an election which he did. he also can nominate those that he thinks is best. it's also the job of the united states senate, according to the constitution, for advice and consent. and that's our role and i take that very seriously. >> bill: all right. on tax and funding, are we going to work this out here and what's the time line? >> well, they are not meeting this week which is interesting, so there doesn't seem to be as much a sense of sur urgency as the markets indicate. depends on both sides and what they view as a lesson of the election. the republicans maintain their majority in the house. the president won a victory. i think there is every responsibility that we could kick the can down the road for six months or so by just saying put everything on hold. also, if you are willing to going to solve this problem and address it you have got to go after entitlements
or the american congress. >> bill: all right. now, if president obama nominates secretary rice as secretary of state. is that a direct disrespectful move toward you and the other critics of this whole situation? is that an in-your-face i don't care what you say, i'm going to do it any way? >> i think this is really about four dead americans. >> bill: no, no. no, come on, senator. answer my question now. is it disrespectful to you? >> no. i don't think so. because i think the president has the right to nominate whoever he feels can best serve. >> bill: he knows the controversy that engendered. he knows that she didn't speak truthfully for whatever reason, it could be incompetence. it could be whatever. and he is still going to do it. he has kerry. kerry wants the job. you know that he has a lot of people who want that job. president obama nominate secretary rice is he sending a message to the republic party blank you guys, i don't care what you think. >> i'm not sure that he thinks that. he also thinks that he just won an election which he did. he also can nominate those that he thinks is be
it was bad, unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama. >> beyond the controversial intelligence talking points the language including al-qaeda, senator said rice should have drilled down and asked more questions given her access to classified material that showed immediate and compelling evidence of the terrorist involvement. >> when you have a position that the ambassador to the united nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in the daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. >> rice met with senator lieberman who asked whether rice was coached by the administration before her sunday show appearances. >> she said no, she was not given messaging points at all by the white house. >> in a written statement, rice who was joined by the acting c.i.a. director on the hill said, "we explain that the talking point provideed by the intelligence community and the initial assessment upon which they were based were incorrect in key respect." there was no protest or demonstration in benghazi. full week after the attack on david letterman
president obama would like to see susan rice as his secretary of state? >> well, let's say 50% and -- >> you're putting it at a fair 50. >> 50% and the other 50% susan rice is a proxy for this president. i've said it again and will say it again there has been a witch hunt for every person of color that has served alongside this president. there are really serious things, if that's actually english -- >> only you would know, yes. >> about benghazi that they should be investigating. what is troubling is that four foreign service officers died. what is truly troubling on top of that, is that these senators apparently believe that going on a talk show, even a series of sunday talk shows, makes you responsible for the security of people in the field. they know that's notes the case. they know that susan rice isn't the line manager responsible for security. didn't block the right security for these officials or funding thereof. she's in the part of the cia. she was out doing what they do on sunday talk shows which is talking about a whole range of subjects. i suspect that if you asked john mccain
ambassador rice campaigned for president obama against the republican candidate, senator john mccain. it was heated. it was difficult. the democrats believe it was not forgiven by john mccain. what do we know of meeting, catherine? >>reporter: we have to rely on the readout from the ambassador rice and the republican senators because it was behind closed doors. we saw the senators and rice arriving to plain five days after the attack she characterized the attack as spontaneous and blamed the video 2309 death of four members. the explanation she relied on the best available intelligence fell short. >> i am more convinced than ever it was bad, it was unjustified, to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >>reporter: the talking points that stripped out language including al qaeda, senators say she has classified material that showed evidence of terrorists. >> when you have a position of ambassador to the united nations you go classified talking points in your responsibility for the job. >>reporter: and her meeting this
, it was unjustified. to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama. three weeks before an election. >> ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia said clearly that information was wrong. and they knew by the 22nd it was wrong. yet, they have not cleared that up with the american people. >> in a statement just now, susan rice admits that the initial information about a protest in benghazi was incorrect, but says no one intended to mislead the public. business as usual, congress is back and picks up just where it left off. stalemated over tax rates and entitlement spending. >> unfortunately, there's one obstacle standing between congress and compromise, grover norquist. for years, norquist has bullied lawmakers willing to put their oath of office or promise to serve constituents ahead of their pledge to this anti-tax zell lot. >> the washington democrats, every dollar that's ever been secured for anything is sacred. every dollar secured for anything is sacred. and they'll defend it to the death regardless of what it means for jobs, or t
strong support for the ambassador. >> ambassador rice has done an excellent job for the united nations and is qualified for a number of positions in the foreign policy arena. i will leave it at that. >> president obama shows his support of susan rice as well. he had his first white house news conference after his election. the president took exception to republican senators critical of rice. if they want to come after any one they should come after me. >> kelly wright, thank you very much. senator lindsay graham is one of the three senators who have a lot of questions for ambassador rice. >> he gave us a preview of what he will be looking for during today's discussion. >> she asked to meet with us i will listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. the more i know about benghazi the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history about the dangers we should never have been open or heavily reinforced. during the attack i am more core idea about how we couldn't help them for 7 hours. a spontaneous event caused by video turn nu
. today police are firing tear gas at protestors. susan rice the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is going to meet with people regarding the libya killing. >> reporter: ambassador susan rice suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous violence. the obama administration later said it was a terrorist attack. rice heads to capitol hill today to meet with three of her harshest critics senators john mccain, lindsay graham and kelly ayotte. mccain now willing to hear her side of the story. >> i will be glad to meet with her and listen to her positions and justification for her comments but i'm -- i'm very unhappy with her performance. >> reporter: graham is also looking forward to hearing from rice. >> there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others. >> reporter: ayotte told cnn that rice's staff contacted her about the meeting. she believes it will focus on rice's, quote, representations of what happened at benghazi. rice is considered a top pick to replace secretary of state hillary clinton who said she will leave her post when a replacement is found.
initially described the event as a spontaneous fact. rice is considered president obama's first choice for secretary of state when hillary clinton steps down in january. >>> it is tuesday morning in cairo. a little after 9:00 a.m. but overnight, we saw more skirmishes between demonstrators and riot police. a handful of protesters threw rocks. and police fired back with tear gas. the protesters have gathered in tahrir square for a massive protest later today against president mohamed morsi's constitutional decree. the decree grants morsi sweeping, new powers. >>> six killed in oakland during the thanksgiving holiday, from wednesday through just yesterday. oakland surpassed the 2011 homicide total on friday. new at 11:00 tonight, stephanie reports that it could be far worse. >> actions speak louder than words. >> reporter: his audience tonight, new parolees at a hayward halfway house. kevin grant connects with them because he used to be one of them. in and out of prison, like the college friends he grew up with in oakland. but kevin grant wants to rewrite that story. he left his last pri
to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> senator, can you support her as secretary of state knowing that? >> i want to say that i'm more troubled today knowing, having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice because it's certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy. and clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia saying clearly that that information was wrong. and they knew by the 22nd that it was gone. yet, they have not cleared that up with the american people to date in coming forward and saying that they were wrong, including the president of the united states having parroted also, talked about the fact that this was the reaction to a video, attacks in benghazi. and what troubles me also is that -- obviously the changes made to the unclassified talking points were misleading. just to
security. >> it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> reporter: rice did not answer our questions. she did release a statement admitting her talking points "were incorrect in a key respect. there was no protest or demonstration in benghazi. while we certainly wish we had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. we stress that neither i nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the american people at any stage in this process." and the white house had this to say. >> the focus on some might say obsession on comments made on sunday shows seems to me and to many to be misplaced. >> reporter: gop senators also complained rice neglected to ask key questions before telling the public what turned out to be wrong information. >> that's troubling to me as well why she wouldn't have asked i'm the person that doesn't know anything about this i'm going on every single show. >> reporter: now, rice's democratic supporters
to be answered. analysts say president obama may nominate ambassador rice to be secretary of state and he may do so as soon as this week. the senators had said that she is, quote: not qualified, unquote because of her comments on the sunday shows after the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. however all three senators are now apparently softening their stance. ambassador rice says she was relying on talking points from intelligence officials when she said the violence started out of a spontaneous reaction to protests over anti-islam video. the director of national intelligence confirms his office changed the talking points not the white house, not anyone else. james clapper says his office took out references to al qaeda and terrorism before ambassador rice went on all five sunday shows. he also says he knew at the time extremists were involved. the bottom line was this just wasn't ready for public consumption. there was a lot of covert stuff going on on the ground. senators now want him to explain the decision. senator mccain now says he he is willing to give ambassador rice a change --
the intelligence community. >> sreenivasan: president obama has strongly defended rice. and a white house spokesman today criticized what he called the republican "obsession" with her initial statements on benghazi. protesters in egypt staged nationwide rallies today against egyptian president mohamed morsi and his muslim brotherhood. in cairo, more than 100,000 people filled tahrir square to condemn morsi's decree that makes his decisions immune to judicial review. earlier, there were clashes between protesters and police. the rallies were some of the largest since the overthrow of president hosni mubarak last year. in syria, government warplanes bombed towns in the north and east, in the face of new advances by rebel fighters. in one attack, the planes dropped barrels filled with explosives and gasoline just west of idlib city. reports of the dead ranged from five to 20. the regime is using intensive air raids to try to beat back rebel gains. forensic experts took samples from the remains of yasser arafat today, hoping to determine once and for all if the late palestinian leader was poisoned. ara
. >>> and susan rice, president obama's likely replacement for hillary clinton as secretary of state. rice will sit down with three top republicans who claim that her comments in september about that attack in september on the u.s. consulate in libya, were misleading. john mccain, chief among those critics. but he backed from his threat to derail rice's nomination. >>> and dramatic video in florida. a fisherman spotted in the water. you can see here, clinging to a cooler. he had been holding on for some seven hours without a life jacket, after a large wave took out his boat. his brother was also thrown overboard. thankfully, he was able to swim to shore and get help. both brothers, good news here, recovering this morning. >>> and a frightening scene high over sydney australia. a construction crane caught fire and forced police to evacuate thousands of people from nearby buildings. and it's a good thing they did because the crane's massive arm eventually collapses, use can see here, on to the roof. the company that owns the crane you see, also owns the one that collapsed here in new york, d
that it was, but it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> [inaudible] >> i want to say that i am more troubled today having met the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice because it was clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy and clearly the impression that was given was wrong. ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. said't understand the cia clearly that information was wrong and they knew by the 22nd it was wrong yet they have not clear that up with the american people to date including they said this was the reaction to to the video, the attacks. what troubled me also is obviously, the changes made to the unqualified talking points were misleading. just to be clear, when you have a position where you are ambassador to the you knighted nations, you go well beyond -- unitedador to the nations, you go well beyond talking points. in addition to, it is not just the talking collins, but clearly it is her responsibilit
that it was bad, it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama. this is three weeks before the election. >> i want to say that i'm more troubled today knowing having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice because it certainly is clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the ambassador and clearly, the impression that was given, the information given to the american people, was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today, absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia clearly that that information was wrong, and they knew by the 22nd it was wrong. yet, they've not cleared that up with the american people to date and have come forward and said it was wrong, including the president of the united states also parroting and talking about this is reaction to a video, the attacks in benghazi. and what troubles me also is that the -- obviously the changes made to the unclassified talking points were misleading but just to be clear, when you have a position when you are am
, it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> senator, can you support the secretary of state nominee? >> i want to say that i'm more troubled today knowing having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice because it's certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy. and clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia said clearly that information was wrong and they knew by the 22nd that it was wrong, yet they have not cleared that up with the american people to date in coming forward and saying they were wrong including the president of the united states having parroted also talked about the fact this was a reaction to the video, the attacks in benghazi. and what troubles me also is that obviously the changes made to the unclassified talking points were misleading, but just to be clear, w
-election, president obama took exception to republican senators critical of rice saying, quote if they want to come after anyone, they should come after him, after me. bill: he said it with force. kelly, thank you. waiting on the meeting in washington. martha: ambassador rice, reportedly as we were saying one of the top candidates to replace secretary of state hillary clinton and the president seemed to lay down the gauntlet to senators mccain and graham if the first news confriends after the election. kelly referred to this moment. let's look at it from november the 14th. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. martha: that is really the feistiest moment of that news conference. the president, who you see here, with ambassador susan rice and former president bill clinton and others they are described as close and president obama made it clear that republican opposition from will not keep him from nominating her for second irat that of state if that is what he decides to do. so we will see. big moment coming up in 26 minutes from now on
? >> bob: i did. >> dana: so to me it's not conservative versus a susan rice thing. question should she get the job. president obama wants to nominate her, so be it. ly be surprised if that happe happens. >> brian: straight ahead, half a million dollars up for the lottery tomorrow night. will "the five" show up for work if we won? we know bolling would because it's chump change to him. it wouldn't even pay off his visa bill. if they had the money, would they show up for work? andrea asks that question. >> take care of family and friends. travel the world. >> get a new parka. we have more. ♪ ♪ or that printing in color had to cost a fortune. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobody said it to us. introducing the business smart inkjet all-in-one series from brother. easy to use. it's the ultimate combination of speed, small size, and low-cost printing. >>> i'm bret baier in washington. the big story here is a face to face meeting between the administration officials sent out to explain the libya terror attack and her fiercest cri
ever that it was unjustified to get the scenario is presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. [inaudible] >> i want to say that i'm more troubled today knowing having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice because his certainly clear from the beginning that we knew those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy and clear the impression given in information given to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today absolutely was wrong. i don't understand the cia said clearly that that information was wrong and they knew by the 22nd that it was wrong, yet they have not cleared that up with the american people. the president of the united states also talked about the reaction to the video of the attacks of benghazi. what troubles me also is obviously the changes made for the unclassified talking points were misleading, but just to be clear when you have a position where you're ambassador to the united nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking point in your daily preparation for t
this with attorney general eric holder. epa had lisa jackson van jones who was at the white house and president obama won an election. he liked susan rice. he's close to her. it's clear he thinks she would be the best for the job or one of the best for the job, and he's going to fight for her. i think you're right. backing him into a corner may prompt him to fight harder. >> amanda, the story has not advanced since day one. john mccain and kelly ayotte and lindsey graham saying why did she say the things she said? the only advance we had is the intelligence community said she said exactly what we told her to say. we knew it was an attack, and we told her not to say because we didn't want al qaeda to know we knew it at that point. the real question is why is mccain making this attack and wasting whatever political capital and reputation he has left? >> reporter: well, some people are wondering does mccain want to simply stay in the spotlight? mccain is known for foreign policy. he's known for going on sunday shows. the benghazi issue gets him back in the spotlight. everyone is talking about john mccai
. this notion that the administration, the obama administration through susan rice, was trying to change, change the facts when, in fact, what we now know is she was simply providing the information that had been the consensus position of the intelligence community, the cia and others in the intelligence community, and it's now well established that the white house had nothing to do with changing that evaluation and assessment. so she was reporting on the information available through the intelligence agencies, and it's just not fair to hold her responsible for misinformation when she didn't have any other facts that -- to go on at the time. >> congressman chris van hollen from maryland. thanks for joining us today. >> thank you. >>> it's 38 minutes after the hour right now. other top stories this morning. a lawsuit filed by a house committee against attorney general eric holder in the fast and furious case will be heard in court this morning. republican lawmakers are trying to force holder to turn over documents from the failed gun trafficking operation. some of the weapons linked to the progra
that isn't even open yet. if susan rice were to get the nod from president obama to replar replace hillary clinton as secretary of state she would want to be on good terms with congress. that's why the current u.s. ambassador to the united nations embarked on a delicate bit of diplomacy this morning with three of her toughest credit activities capitol hill. ms. rice met with republican senators john mccain, lindsay graham, and kelly ayott, all had vowed to block her nomination after what she said about the deadly attack on americans on n benghazi, libya. here's what graham said moments ago when the meeting came to a close. >> if you don't know what happened, just say you don't know what happened. people can push you to give explanations and you can say i don't want to give bad information. here's what i can tell you -- the american people got bad information on 16, september. they got bad information from president obama days after. and the question is should they have been giving the information at all. if you can do nothing but give bad information, isn't it better to give no information
morrell will accompany rice during today's meeting, fueling speculation that the ambassador is topping president obama's list to replace secretary of state clinton. some say the president could announce his choice this week. >> i'm still holding out. i think it may be jill kelley who gets the nod. >>> a new report says the assad regime received help from russia as international sanctions are beginning to cripple the syrian economy. eight round-trip flights between moscow and damascus delivering more than 200 tons of, quote, bank notes into syria. u.s. and european sanctions include a ban on syrian currency in an attempt to slow the violence that's killed thousands of people. syria and russian officials have so far not responded to the reports. >>> overseas tens of thousands are rallying today in cairo's tahrir square protesting what they view as a blatant power grab by president mohamed horsey. with tensions mounting yesterday, morsi appeared to soften his controversial attempt to award himself near absolute power above the reach of the law. in a vaguely worded statement, morsi spokesm
as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> reporter: the meeting, called at the request of ambassador rice, brought together the three senators, we saw them arriving at the capitol hill visitor' center earlier today after that meet ambassador rice could not adequately explain her comments about benghazi given she had access to both classified and unclassified information. >> when you're an ambassador to the united nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. >> reporter: as for whether they can support any possible promotion of rice, the senates said they want more information. there was no demonstration at the consulate before that attack which severely undercut rice's statements on the sunday shows, jon. jon: so what about the administration? any reaction to them, any response to all this? >> reporter: well, there's within no response -- been no response from the white house, but jay carney expressed full confidence in rice and her abilities. >> ambassador rice has done an ex
of you. i'm brooke baldwin. four weeks, three republican senators have been slamming susan rice and the obama administration. why? all over their response to the attack in benghazi. well, today both sides came face to face. you are about to hear what happened inside that meeting and why those senators are not satisfied today. but, first, the urgent situation that has everyone's attention, members of the house, they're officially back to work as of right now, this hour. senators returned to washington yesterday. so everyone finally on the job after their week long thanksgiving break. that gives congress and the president, count it with me, 35 days to avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff, the huge package of tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect january 1 if congress and the president do not cut a deal. we're told they have been talking behind the scenes and president obama has already hosted congressional leaders for a post election sit-down. but the president is also launching a new pr effort, a campaign, some are calling it here, starting with the white house meeting today,
between ambassador rice and her staunchest critics on capitol hill. after his reelection president obama took exception to republican senators critical of rice saying if they want to come after anyone they should come after me. >> gretchen: we remember that. why is no one talking about susan rice, she went out on the talk shows and got the talking points from the white house and said what they wanted her to say. >> brian: she said the intelligence. >> gretchen: that's why she would be secretary of state. she did what she was asked to do and did it well and it worked with the electorate you could argue and now she will be secretary of state. what is going to stop it? >> steve: not necessarily. senate aides. administration is having her sell herself up on capitol hill today and what she is doing, she is appealing to the moderates, in particular republicans from georgia and tennessee. they are trying to figure out whether or not she can win the moderates over and avoid an embarrassment. >> brian: she played it definitely. senator mccane doesn't believe it. she didn't attack john mccain and
. send your love to the rescue. donate today. >> sean: more of president obama's liberal allies in the mainstream media are flocking to the defense of u.n. ambassador susan rice for the role she played this this administration's cover-up of the benghazi terrorist attack. once again, they're using the race card to do it. this time it is coming from "the washington post" in an article written by the editorial board entitled the gop's attack on susan rice. it reads in part, "could it be as members of the congressional black caucus are charge that they're targeting ms. rice because she's an african american woman." they deny that, and we don't know their hearts. signatories, nearly half are from the forme form confederate. everybody knew within two or three days that this was a terror attack, except the obama white house. five sunday shows. the president two days later can't answer if it's a terrorist attack. call him out o on it, and it's race card, four more years. >> you can't color-code criticism. this is nothing to do with her skin color, susan rice. it's all about her competen
morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and after weeks of controversy over the obama administration's handling of the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi, the woman in the middle of it all will go face to face with her toughest critics this morning. u.n. ambassador susan rice is heading to capitol hill for a closed door meeting with senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte. they were infuriated after rice called the assault that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans spontaneous and linked to a protest over a youtube video. she will be joined by acting cia director mike morell. the meeting could serve as a real test of whether rice will still be in for a fight over her potential nomination as secretary of state. >>> elsewhere on capitol hill today, it's back to the bargaining table for lawmakers facing a year-end fiscal cliff. yesterday the white house took a hard line insisting tax rates have to rise on the rich and warning that anymore delay on the deal could ruin consumer confidence and hurt holiday retail sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with
before president obama nominates her. but they did not take miss rice's answers too well. >> i want to say i'm more troubled today knowing, having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice, because it is certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al-qaida were involved in the attack on the embassy, and clearly the impression that was given and the information given to the american people was wrong. megyn: senator kelly ae ayotte will join us live next hour. this will be her first public interview since she sat down with miss rice this morning. what exactly did ambassador rice say behind closed doors? why is senator yea a yeah at anayotte and the other two senators so fired up. this was supposed to be the olive branch. it didn't work. we'll find out what happened when she talks to us live. three weeks removed from election today and suddenly americans are being hit by an on shraugt of neon sthraut of new campaigning. a look at the white house now where press jay carney just began today's briefing. he reiterated that president obama will
, it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama. three weeks before an election. >> i want to say i'm more troubled today, knowing, having met with the acting director of the c.i.a. and ambassador rice because it's certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy and clearly the impression that was given of the information given to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the c.i.a. said clearly that that information was wrong. and they knew by the 22nd that it was wrong. yet they have not cleared that up with the american people to date in coming forward and saying they were wrong, including the president of the united states having parroted also, talked about the fact that this was a reaction to a video, the attacks in benghazi and what troubles me also is that, you know, the -- obviously the changes made to the unclassified talking points were misleading but just to be clear, when you have a position where
these issues so far in advance. in terms of the norquist tax pledge and certainly the susan rice, these are noises that you made to sound conciliatory after an election, and we think back to 2009. the republicans sounded very conciliatory in the days after president obama's reelection when he was holding a high approval rating, but by april or may of his first year that that had melted away. so right now is happy talk from the republicans. we will see whether that materializes into votes. lou: such happy talk, why aren't there more smiling faces in the republican party? >> pretty unhappy talk from what i can tell, and to this point pretty frivolous. you see members of the united states senate demand is not even their negotiations, but taking a timeout to beat up on grover norquist to is some on elected activists type who was not a player in this and does not have a seat at the negotiating table, was not elected. what does he have to do with any of this? is seems to me this is the opportunity for the republicans in the house, but also to some extent in the senate to explain what t
, they're still trying to make it all political. and susan rice, not even nominated yet as secretary of state and she may not be. obama could decide to go with john kerry or jane armen or who knows who else, right? susan rice has to go up to the united states senate today and meet with -- she will, meet with john mccain and lindsey graham and a couple of other senators and try to explain herself. she shouldn't have to do that. i think it is embarrassing. kevin is calling from chicago. what do you think kevin? >> caller: hey, how do youing, bill? >> bill: good to hear from you. >> caller: if they were a legitimate news organization, wouldn't you go with the fact -- take whatever your guest says and you go with it. but since everybody knows they're the mouthpiece of the republicans, i find it amusing that they're so inept they don't even see what their guest is going to say. it is like how dumb are they? it just reinforcing the bumper sticker on my car as i drive to work this morning. fox news, the more you
that killed eight people. good morning, i'm lynn berry. after weeks of controversy over the obama administration's handling of the attack in benghazi, the woman in the middle of it all will go face to face with her toughest critics. u.n. ambassador susan rice is
of senator bob corker, a republican from tennessee who has been critical of rice over the past several weeks telling reporters that she sounds more like the head of the democratic national committee when talking about what's going on with the obama administration, and that doesn't sound like a positive secretary of state to him because they need to show their ability to be independent. but, again, senator corker's office now saying they believe they have a private meeting with ambassador rice. >>> it's often lost in politics of the fiscal cliff is how a cliff dive will actually impact your personal finances. and whether you have a job or not if you pay taxes, you're going to take a hit. first place you're going to see it, the federal tax rate for a middle income family. and that means an extra $2,000 out of pocket. next is the payroll tax. if you make, say, $50,000 a year, that's another $1,000 that you're going to fork over to uncle sam. then there is the alternative minimum tax, 27 million will be hit with this for the first time ever. and it's a separate calculation from the regular tax,
, libya, that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. rice maintains she made it clear the intelligence information she had at the time was preliminary. senators have threatened to block her nomination if president obama chooses her to be his next secretary of state. >>> and the obama administration responds to the benghazi attack does not get high marks from americans. the results of a new poll out this morning shows a majority of those questioned, 54%, say they are dissatisfied with the administration's handling of the attack. >>> and the body of yasser arafat was exhumed this morning from a mausoleum in the west bank. a team of international scientists will analyze tissue samples to determine if the former palestinian leader was poisoned to death in 2004, with a radioactive substance. the actual cause of arafat's death has never been determined. >>> the egyptian people taking to the streets to mourn the death of a 16-year-old activist, and to voice their opposition to president mohamed morsi and the muslim brotherhood. this ireport showing protesters as they carried
. >> reporter: well, the woman who could be president obama's pick to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state, u.n. ambassador susan rice. she's going to capitol hill today for some closed door meetings with republican senators, including some of her toughest critics like john mccain as she attempts to explain her comments about the benghazi terrorist attacks, a move that could also signal the president is planning to go ahead with rice's susan rice heads to capitol hill today where along with the acting cia director, she'll meet with three of her toughest republican critics to do damage control, a move that could pave the way for rice's nomination for secretary of state. at issue, rice's initial incorrect explanation of the september 11th terrorist attack in benghazi. >> this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> reporter: when rice's name was first floated for secretary of state, gop senators pounced. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> reporter: rice, who said she was relying on preliminary in
that the talking points she used were politicized in order to keep up the idea that the obama administration had been a very successful in getting rid of al qaeda and of course as you heard from that statement just now, susan rice denies that. >> i have a question here. why is it that these senators believe that she should have come out with the full story to the american people? why is it that they don't believe or understand that perhaps she was trying to not give all that information out because they were dealing with perhaps terrorist organization, that he didn't want to really tip their hand if you will, fully in disclosing everything that they knew at that time? >> reporter: that's a great question. the -- and it's one that i talked to some of the senators about afterwards, who were in that meeting. the crux of it is, they feel that even if she was unable to say a lot publicly because there was only limited amount unclassified, she should have had classified information that could -- should have directed her public comments to be maybe more conservative in talking publicly about al qaeda.
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